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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Friday, March 28th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Firstly, I shall begin by expressing my heart-felt condolences to the landslide victims, families and friends of Oso and Darrington, Washington. This remote village area of Washington’s Cascade Mountains was hit with the terrible tragedy of a beyond enormous mudslide. This horrible event took place on Saturday, March 22nd.

I also express these same sincere condolences, to the families and friends of the passengers and crew of Malaysia Flight 370. Life is so precious and we never know where or how tragedy will strike humankind next. Cherish life.

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Iron Maiden - Sonisphere - promo flyer - 2014 - #466110

This coming July, it looks like the magnificent and legendary IRON MAIDEN will be headlining at this year’s Sonisphere, at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, England. If y’all want more info, click this link below:

http://www.sonisphere.co.uk

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For all of you Toto and Classic Rock junkies out there, take a look at the new album cover for: Toto – Live In Poland – 35th Anniversary Tour:

Toto - Live In Poland - promo cover pic - 2014

Releasing on April 29th, via Eagle Rock Entertainment, this nifty Toto release will be available in CD, Blu-ray and DVD formats. There are even some very cool bundle packages available, by clicking this link here: http://myplay.me/18b6

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Motley Crue - The Final Tour - promo flyer - 2014

As every Metal, Rock, Hard Rock and Mötley Crüe fan realizes, the unfortunate and “Final Tour” for this super-legendary band is upon us. The Final Tour kicks off on June 21st, in Montebello, Quebec, Canada and sadly ends on November 22nd, in Spokane, Washington. The “very special guest” is another super-legend known as Alice Cooper. Whoa!

By now, y’all must understand why I slapped the CD cover for Mötley Crüe’s Greate$t Hit$, at the top of this post! I’ll admit, seeing Mötley Crüe on their Girls, Girls, Girls tour, with the charismatic Whitesnake opening, was and forever will be a memorable Metal experience! This Mötley Crüe concert memory happened at the Hartford Civic Center, in Hartford, Connecticut. The 80’s F’n ruled. Good Metal times, indeed.

How can I measure the importance of Mötley Crüe to the history of Metal Music? I can’t measure it. Mötley Crüe’s contributions to all Heavy Music, in my Metal opinion, are immeasurable. This band deserves a huge room, all to themselves, at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Alas, there will forever be an impressive part of my Metal heart secured for Mötley Crüe. That, my Metal brethren = Metal truth. Metal be thy name.

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

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Toto and Jefferson Starship – My Early FM Radio Introduction To Melodic Hard Rock

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, melodic rock, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

During the late 70’s I was just a kid and (almost) ready to become a teenager. I’ve written before that I did not own many cool albums in the late 70’s. ELO (Out Of The Blue), Foreigner (S/T), Foreigner (Double Vision), KISS (Double Platinum), KISS (Dynasty), Paul Stanley (KISS – solo album) and Cheap Trick (At Budokan) were really the only albums I owned going into 1980.

I had some cool 45’s. Queen and Bad Company come to mind. Really. I was twelve years old in 1978 and just happy with what I had. My main source for finding out about new and “old” Rock Music (besides American Bandstand and Soul Train) was the mighty FM dial on my beloved radio.

Many of us know how it was to listen to FM back in the day. It was exhilarating to say the least. No MTV. No internet with youtube and band websites. Streaming music was stuff of science fiction back then. I hate sounding old, yet those late 70’s were the good old days. My FM radio I had received as a Christmas gift from my parents, when I was in sixth grade, was pure Rock N’ Roll gold to me back then.

I try to tell my daughters about how things used to be and they just giggle and shake their heads at me. They can’t picture a world without the internet being their #1 source for music. I can’t blame them at all. I used to shake my head at my Dad too, especially when he would tell me that a double-feature at the movies only cost a quarter.

I recently had two Classic Rock songs that began playing in my head, (no, not at the same time). These two songs I vividly remember hearing on the Connecticut FM stations: WCCC, WHCN and WPLR for years, stretching right into the 80’s and beyond. During those last two years of the 70’s decade, these two songs were a grand introduction of Melodic Hard Rock/AOR to my young ears. Here they are:

JEFFERSON STARSHIP – Jane (Freedom At Point Zero – 1979)

I remember when I first heard Mickey Thomas singing Jane and I was in awe that a guy could sing such high notes. I only thought Freddie Mercury could do that back then. Hey… my young ears weren’t introduced to Rob Halford just yet. Jane popped into my head and it made me realize that this song justifiably Rocks for me, after all these decades. I kinda get psyched out when I still hear it.

Side notes: Rock Music is also a damn cool Rockin’ song too. The amazing thing about this Jefferson Starship album is: I’ve never owned it! Hey… it doesn’t come cheap on CD right now either. Apparently Freedom At Point Zero is out of print. Try $40 (U.S.) used and $70 (U.S.) new. Those are the current prices on Amazon.com. Whoa!

TOTO - (S/T – 1978)

When I used to hold my FM radio up to my ears late at night, all those years ago, I would pray that Hold The Line would be the next song played. What is it about Hold The Line that makes it not lose its Rockin’ appeal? It’s a song that has been played on FM radio (and now) Classic Rock FM stations a million times since 1978. Now, every time I hear it, I get pumped up. I summarize that this song is obviously timeless… for me. I’m certain there are those of you who might agree.

Side Notes: Unlike Freedom at Point Zero, I didn’t let this Toto album get away. I never owned this Toto debut album on vinyl. Yes, it did take me years to finally buy it on CD too. If my Metal memory serves me correct, I bought this Toto CD back in 2000. Whoa! After listening to this entire Toto album, all I kept wondering to myself was: what in the hell took me so long to buy this incredible album of quality Classic Rock? Go figure.

LONG LIVE TOTO & JEFFERSON STARSHIP. 

LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.

Stone.

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